Volkswagen Group and has·to·be cooperate for expansion of charging infrastructure
Volkswagen Group is expanding its activities in the field of charging infrastructure and is to cooperate closely with has·to·be, a leading provider of operating systems for e-mobility. Volkswagen Group company Elli is to acquire a minority stake in the company.
Together, has·to·be and Volkswagen will forge ahead with the expansion of the pan-European charging network and participate in the rapidly growing market for charging solutions. Some of the Group’s own charging stations are already operating using has·to·be software and are therefore part of a holistic, integrated charging ecosystem.
With over 70 employees from 10 nations, has·to·be GmbH manages more than 16,000 charging points, not only in Europe but also throughout the world – from Norway to Australia and from the UK to Taiwan. Now, the company’s customers range from the automotive industry through energy suppliers to industrial companies.
The company’s major reference is IONITY, Europe’s largest fast charging network, a joint venture of the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company and the Volkswagen Group with Audi and Porsche.
By the end of 2020, IONITY plans to build a total of 400 fast charging facilities along major highways in Europe. All the charging stations use has·to·be software.
Volkswagen Group intends to bring e-mobility forward to a worldwide breakthrough and is pursuing the largest electric offensive in the automotive industry. By 2028, the Group will be launching almost 70 new full-electric models on the market. In the next five years alone, Volkswagen will be investing more than € 30 billion in these efforts.
In addition to attractive models, the electric offensive also includes smart charging solutions, energy offerings and digital mobility services.